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Boring, But Very Reliable
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By _only
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2005 Chevrolet Cavalier 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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(not a manual, BTW) I've had my 2005 Cavalier for almost 10 years and 130k miles now. I bought it used from the dealer with 30k miles in 2006, and it's been extremely reliable and dependable ever since. Besides normal obligatory replacement parts like tires and brake pads, the only things I've had to fix/replace were the instrument cluster gauges at 110k miles, and the fuel pump at 125k or so. My struts also are very weak now at over 130k miles and need replacing. Long story short, this car shouldn't give you any issues well over 100k miles, even if you have been bad at oil change maintenance, etc. The engine will be the last of your issues with this car, which is the most important note.


Best Features

- Little to no maintenance needed for 100k miles. - Very reliable, tough little engine. - Good on gas, and a quick car.


Worst Features

- This year of all Chevys had faulty stepper motors chosen for install in the instrument cluster - The interior looks like a cheap car from '89. - Bad handling in corners, but it's no race car.


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has some issues
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By inreno777
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2005 Chevrolet Cavalier LS 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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gas gauge failed at 48,000. horn stopped at 50,000, engine seems strong at 52,000. if you are considering buying one of these used, tell them to replace the instrument panel as this is a big issue with these cars


Best Features

good running car so far


Worst Features

GM needs to admit their crappy parts fail


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falling apart shortly after I bought it and continue to
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By jazzy1998
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2005 Chevrolet Cavalier 4dr Sedan (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought 2005 Chevy Cavalier sedan in fall 2005. Problems started with the driver's seat handle breaking off then the seat would flop back while driving. Chevy's customer service suggested replacing the whole seat. The catalic converter died (was under warranty) an ion sensor went bad. The seats are uncomfortable you can feel anyone's foot movement near the seat .The dash rattles. The glove compartment handle broke, driver's visor flops, had to replace driver's power window motor and switch this year. Now it wont start not sure what's wrong now. All this on a 5 year old car. Piece of junk.


Best Features

trunk size and radio


Worst Features

interior is too cheap,better seat handles, thicker seats, better glove compartment handle. Better warranty


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the car is a Beast
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By beebopboo
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2005 Chevrolet Cavalier 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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i couldnt have asked for a better first car, the cavelier gets a crappy rap but its really a decent, reliable car. mine has just gotten over the 100,000 mile mark and it hasent given me any problems. just like any car if you treat it right and take good care of it youll get the maximum preformance. so all you people who talk down on the cavelier, maybe its not the car at all maybe its just the way you run it..


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i really like how easy it is to clean and how nice the interior looks, very sharp looking.


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Clutch Problems
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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By rmoxham
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2005 Chevrolet Cavalier 2dr Coupe (2.2L 4cyl 5M)


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I would like to warn owners of a problem with the hydraulic clutch in the 2005 Chevy Cavalier. The line from master cylinder to slave cylinder may be rubbing on the farm and is wearing through and one day you will step on the pedal and it will go right to the floor and stick there, leaving the engine engaged to the transmission. I talked with General Motors and they more or less just laughed at me. Too bad they say you are off warranty.. only in time not mileage (63, 000 KM). Hopefully no inexperienced driver has this happen to them or there could well be a serious accident even leading to death. GM doesn't want to hear about it.


Best Features

Up to this issue my car has been pretty much faultless.


Worst Features

I think GM needs to come out with a recall and have this isse repaird, and to those of us who have paid $600.oo to fix it, we should be reimbursed at least for teh cost of parts or labor if not both.


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